Dr Surindar Kishen Dhesi PhD, MPH, Grad IOSH, Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner

Dr Surindar Kishen Dhesi

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lecturer, Occupational Health, Safety and Environment

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Surindar Dhesi is an environmental health lecturer, researcher and active practitioner and leads the MSc Science of Occupational Health, Safety and Environment course. She has several years’ experience of working in Local Authority enforcement roles, including a period on secondment to the Health and Safety Executive. She has also worked as a consultant in the private sector. Her NIHR-funded doctoral research explored how English Health and Wellbeing Boards were approaching the task of tackling health inequalities, with a focus on the role of environmental health. Her current research interests include environmental health conditions within the refugee camp in Calais, France, and health and wellbeing and planning policy analysis in England.


  • PhD  ‘Exploring how Health and Wellbeing Boards are tackling health inequalities, with a focus on Environmental Health’- University of Manchester
  • MSc Public Health- Oxford Brooked University
  • NEBOSH Diploma
  • BSc Environmental Health- Kings College, University of London


Surindar teaches and/ or supervises students on the following courses;

  • MSc in Environmental Health
  • MSc in Public and Environmental Health Science
  • MSc in the Science of Occupational Health Safety and the Environment Environmental Health

Other activities

  • A founder member of the UK Environmental Health Research Network (EHRNet)
  • Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)
  • Graduate member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
  • Listed on the Occupational Safety and Health Consultants Register (OSHCR)
  • A co-opted member of the CIEH Research and Education Special Interest Group, representing EHRNet 


Recent publications


Robertshaw, L, Dhesi, S & Jones, L 2017, 'Challenges and facilitators for health professionals providing primary healthcare for refugees and asylum seekers in high-income countries: a systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative research', BMJ open, vol. 2017, no. 7, e015981. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-015981

Dhesi, S, Isakjee, A & Davies, T 2017, 'Public health in the Calais refugee camp: environment, health and exclusion', Critical Public Health, pp. 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1080/09581596.2017.1335860

Porusia, M, Poynter, A, Dhesi, S & Lynch, Z 2017, 'The Bait Preference of American Cockroach (Periplaneta americana): Field and Laboratory Strains', Advanced Science Letters, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 3558-3561. https://doi.org/10.1166/asl.2017.9170

Davies, T, Isakjee, A & Dhesi, S 2017, 'Violent Inaction: The Necropolitical Experience of Refugees in Europe', Antipode, vol. 49, no. 5, pp. 1263-1284. https://doi.org/10.1111/anti.12325

Stewart, J & Dhesi, S 2016, 'Affordable warmth: Housing strategies for older people', Housing, Care and Support, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 23-31. https://doi.org/10.1108/HCS-07-2015-0012

Dhesi, S & Lynch, Z 2016, 'What next for environmental health?', Perspectives in Public Health, vol. 136, no. 4, pp. 225-230. https://doi.org/10.1177/1757913915609946

Dhesi, S & Stewart, J 2015, 'The developing role of evidence-based environmental health : perceptions, experiences, and understandings from the front line', SAGE Open, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1177/2158244015611711

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